Last night on Fox News, former Bush political operative Karl Rove tried desperately to link President-elect Obama to the scandal surrounding Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-IL). When co-host Alan Colmes noted that conservatives are “looking for anything they can to try to drag him into this,” Rove obliged, saying that Obama is “parsing words” and “making it look like there was no contact” between Obama’s team and the Illinois governor.
Rove also said that Obama should ignore U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s request to not discuss the case, saying “the president-elect ought to decide what is in his best interest.” Further suggesting that Obama has something to hide, Rove — who knows a little bit about hiding information — claimed that he doesn’t “buy” that Obama’s team “is resisting giving out this information only because they’re being held back by the prosecutor’s office,” later adding that the whole affair is “troubling.”
But just last week on Fox, Rove stated with absolute certainty that Obama “is not involved” in any way with the Blegojevich scandal and said he would not try to link Obama to Blagojevich:
COLMES: [I]s there going to be — are you — are there going to be an attempt to link Obama to this?
ROVE: No, no, look. I think, I think we’ve got to be careful about this because, look, I think Fitzgerald went out of his way today to basically say none of this touches President-elect Obama. None of these actions that Blagojevich was involved in were — you know were made to President-elect Obama and President-elect Obama is not involved in these specifically actions.
Indeed, conservatives (and many in the media) are trying every which way to link Obama to Blagojevich’s corruption scandal even though absolutely no evidence exists to suggest such a link. Even Newt Gingrich has called such efforts a “destructive distraction.” In fact, Fitzgerald himself advised against such actions, warning to “not cast aspersions on people for being named or being discussed” in the criminal complaint against Blagojevich.
Yet it seems that Rove just can’t give up his perch as the Right’s attack dog point man.